Theresa May is amongst the favourites to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister as he announces his resignation in light of the EU referendum vote.
Cameron’s resignation has ignited a fight for the Conservative leadership, with Boris Johnson and May featuring as bookmakers’ favourites. Michael Gove is also expected to be in the running, alongside Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Throughout the EU referendum campaign Theresa May remained relatively impartial. Although she eventually cam out as in favour of remaining in the EU, she was careful to not alienate either side.
In a speech before Britain went to the polls, May said “So as we approach polling day, and as the country starts to weigh up its decision, let us focus on the future. Instead of debating the peripheral, the ephemeral and the trivial, let both sides of the argument debate what matters.
“And let us do so in a serious and mature way. Let us concentrate on Britain’s national interest. Britain’s future. Our influence around the world. Our security. And our prosperity.”
“Let us make out decision with the great challenges of the future in mind.”
May is currently appointed as the Home Secretary and has been a Conservative MP since 1997. She has held a variety of different roles within the party including Shadow Secretary of State for the Family from 2004 to 2005; and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities from 2010 to 2012. Before embarking on her career in politics, May began her working life at the Bank of England.